Donald Trump Jr slammed for ‘tasteless’ Facebook rant saying Uvalde shooter could have killed 21 people with one bat
Donald Trump Jr has come under fire for launching into a ‘tasteless’ rant where he suggested Uvalde’s mass shooter Salvdor Ramos could have murdered his 21 victims with a ‘bat’.
The son of former President Donald Trump posted a rambling video on his Facebook page on Saturday in which he claimed last week’s massacre could have happened with any other type of weapon.
He furiously ranted at people saying “it’s the gun, not the sociopath wielding it”.
“If it weren’t for the gun, this kid would be a reasonable, balanced individual, he would be a wonderful human being, wouldn’t he?” He asked.
“He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some kind of improvised device – or a machete?”
Mr Trump Jr’s rant comes amid an uproar over how an 18-year-old could walk into a store and buy two AR-15 rifles and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition legally and without raising the alarm in the state of Texas.
During his tirade, he lamented that guns were blamed for the mass shooting that left 19 young children and two teachers dead.
“They’re going to blame guns, they’re going to blame everything because no one can take responsibility for their actions,” he said.
“No one can admit that someone is actually trash and screwed up. We can’t have that, that would be mean!
As he sought to defend gun availability, Mr Trump Jr instead blamed the mass shooting on a ‘drug-addicted mother’, ‘missing father’, ‘school indoctrination programs’ ” and “mad teachers”.
He claimed there was “no responsibility” and that people could not speak out about the real cause of the massacre.
“We have no right to say anything about it. We all know that if you actually see something and say something, you get labelled, you’re bigoted, ‘I can’t believe you’d do that’, maybe you misinterpreted the person,” he said. -he declares.
“They’ll prosecute you for hate crimes, you’ll be prosecuted for stating the obvious. You’re not allowed to say anything, you’re supposed to, but we all know how that really works.
Social media users denounced his comments, calling them “stupid” and “in bad taste”.
“In an incredible display of stupidity, Donald Trump Jr angrily stated that Uvalde’s killer could have killed his victims with a ‘bat,'” one person tweeted.
Another person chimed in: “Has Donald Trump Jr. been deceived or does he really believe his own wild rant about the shooting in Uvalde, Texas?”
Meanwhile, one person simply tweeted, “Take Jr’s guns off first.”
His comments come 16 years after Buckingham Palace was forced to apologize when Prince Philip tried to make a similar point following the Dunblane massacre.
In 1996, 16 children and a teacher were shot dead by a gunman at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who died last year, compared banning handguns to banning cricket bats.
“If a cricketer, for example, suddenly decided to go to a school and beat a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban the cricket bats?” He asked.
His comments drew heavy criticism from the families of the victims and the Palace issued an apology saying it did not mean to cause ‘offence or distress’.
After the Dunblane Massacre, the UK introduced stricter gun laws, including a ban on owning handguns.
There has not been a school shooting in the UK since.
Last year, Governor Greg Abbott further relaxed gun laws in the Lone Star State, allowing most Texans to carry handguns openly in public without any training or permits.
Long guns, such as the guns used in last week’s attack, could already be carried without a permit.
Ramos legally bought two AR-15 rifles and 1,657 rounds in the days after his 18th birthday on May 16.
On May 24, he then shot his grandmother in the face before heading to Robb Elementary School in the family truck.
He abandoned the vehicle in a ditch near the school and entered the building through a door that had been left open.
Once inside, Ramos barricaded himself in a classroom where he shot dead 19 students and two teachers.
He was eventually shot by Border Patrol agents after officials stormed the classroom.
Mr. Abott – and other Republicans – have been criticized for the state’s lax regulations in the wake of the shooting.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke confronted him at a press conference on Wednesday, telling him the massacre was “totally foreseeable” after the state refused to enforce government control laws. fire arms.
The governor was then greeted with boos and jeers on Sunday as he joined President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the memorial outside Robb Elementary School as calls continued to grow for the United States is implementing greater gun reform measures.
Meanwhile, questions also arise over the handling of the mass shooting after local officials admitted critical mistakes were made.
Officers at the scene stood back, taking 77 minutes to enter the barricaded classroom as gunshots continued to ring out and desperate children trapped inside called 911 for help.
The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into what happened.